Pesticides on produce: 2013?s "Dirty Dozen"

Pesticides on produce: 2013?s “Dirty Dozen”

The Environmental Working Group has released its ninth annual “Dirty Dozen” list of common fruits and vegetables sold at grocery stores that may be contaminated with the most pesticide residues.

Researchers looked at 48 popular produce items and reviewed 28,000 samples tested by the USDA and FDA to compile its list. According to the group, many pesticides pose health risks to people and have been linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs. The EWG recommends people eat organic when possible.

Which conventionally-sold fruits and vegetables may you want to consider buying organic to reduce pesticide exposure? Keep clicking to see what the EWG found.

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